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Why hello there strangers! New & old!

Once again I have to apologise for my lack of posting. My third year has been tougher than I ever imagined, and even though I have two essays to hand in on the next couple of days I needed to write this to have a little break from parasites and immune systems…

I thought the most interesting post would be to bring you up to date with my life – and even though I haven’t been posting on here I’ve definitely been keeping my Instagram feed filled.Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 23.46.23

So to begin with the most recent events…

1. It was my flatmates 22nd birthday yesterday so I posted a little collage of our 3 years together. So many lovely memories!

2. Oh gosh, I was really procrastinating at this point. Don’t people say never to play with your food? – I couldn’t resist! Let me know what you would put in as a speech bubble, I think the pepper on the left looks very shocked indeed!

3. I was gifted this fluffy rabbit dressing gown for Christmas and whenever I’ve been in the flat I’ve been living in it. It’s so blimmin’ comfy!

4. This is my little sister Olivia, isn’t she gorgeous!? One of my friends says she looks like a baby Rita Ora, what do you think?

5. A picture from the Greenwhich Royal Observatory looking out over the city, I do adore London! Just look at that frosty grass!

6. This was a picture that was featured taken for theAstronomy Photography of the year exhibition at the Royal Observatory. It shows a hybrid eclipse of the sun in northern Kenya. Amazing huh?

7. I had these Dutch pancakes on my birthday, they were smothered in Nutella and had nuts scattered on them too. Perfect bitesize pieces!

8. Greenwhich park on a frosty morning! Gorgeous isn’t it?

9. So I got a new phone case… It’s a bit of a love/hate marmite situation… I personally love it – even if it does keep me craving fries!

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 23.48.3010. When I was home for Christmas I met up with some old school friends for a couple of drinks – I missed them!

11. I got a little snap happy in Barcelona… Doesn’t it have beautiful architecture though!?

12. On Christmas Eve my family always have a mince-pie making competition. I won this year due to my extra special recipe… which if you are lucky I may decide to share with you beautiful people one day 😉

13. Ugh, our stunning Christmas tree. Anyone else still in the post-Christmas slump? Everytime I see this picture it makes me smile though…

14. A little alleyway in Barcelona old town, so cute!

15. My greying dad walking down Las Ramblas in Barcelona #artyshot

16. Some more Barcelona architecture – oops

17. Stunning Christmas markets in Barcelona. How photogenic are those little huts!

18. Passport & Mac at the ready for the 2hr flight to Spain! Also you can see a little bit of my new Dune boat shoes, so comfyScreen Shot 2015-01-15 at 23.51.1119. My university had a Christmas Ball! Don’t my friends look gorgeous! Do you like my dress? It from Lipsy in case anyone was wondering!

20. A shot from when I went to Thorpe Park at Halloween. It looks so pretty in the afternoon sunlight. I bloody love roller coasters, are you an adrenaline junkie like me?

21. Coffee from a scrumptious café in Shoreditch. It’s called Nude Espresso and they have the cutest decor and tastiest coffee!

22. I swear to God, I bit this strawberry and a heart appeared! It’s as if the universe was trying to tell me something… I wish.

23. I visited Ladurée. Don’t they just make the tastiest macarons! So full of flavour. As you can tell my favourite flavour is chocolate!

24. And lastly, the gorgeous Covent Garden Christmas tree. I wish every day was Christmas Day! Isn’t it huge! London at this time is so amazing, definitely get a chance to visit if you can around this time, it comes to life!

Well I hope you enjoyed that wee insight into my recent life, my Instagram is @imogen_lovera if you are ever inclined to follow me 😉

I promise I will try and post as often as I can! Love you all! x

Halloween Make-Up

On Wednesday night I went out for Halloween. Yes, I know it was a bit early but I had something else rather exciting planned for the 31st!

I decided not to go with the normal female stereotype = slutty.

I searched all over YouTube and found the perfect tutorial for… a burns victim! The next day I popped down to Escapade (a very iconic fancy dress shop located just around the corner from me in Camden – well worth a visit if you’re in the area) and bought some liquid latex, some white out contact lenses, and a bit of fake blood.

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I started off by using the latex and some cotton wool and placing it on different areas on one half of my face. I was only using one contact lens as I wanted the other side of my face to look pretty normal!

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I then used a light & dark red to create the burned look. I added some black and brown eyeshadow in places to make the skin look a little more charred. Then I used the black eyeshadow to go around my eye. To finish it off I stuck some fake blood on certain places on on the burn and left it at that. On the ‘normal’ side of my face I put on a fake eyelash (Millie Mackintosh Ibiza) to accentuate the fact the other eyes lashes were meant to look burnt off.

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I ended up wearing normal clothes as I really wanted to scare people but only when I turned my made-up face to them.

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I was so happy with this look and on my way out had a lot of fun making people jump!

Jacqui – my flatmate, went for the dead doctor zombie look and I thought she looked great!

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Yes that is two zombies doing each others hair…

We ended up going to Brick Lane for a curry (it may not look much but it tasted amazing!) and then onto a club in Tottenham Court Road.

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I’ve included photos of some other people to show you some other ideas for costumes. I know Halloween was yesterday but there are still some parties coming up and you could even use these as some inspiration for next year!

Have a spooktacular 1st November!

When Life Gives You Lemons…

… Make lemon drizzle cake!

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Now I know this is my second ‘foody’ post in a row but today I thought I’d share with you my favourite lemon drizzle recipe – and it’s too good not to write about! I have tried a fair few recipes in my past baking shenanigans and I’m happy to say this one has come out on top! The recipe is originally from Rosie (aka The Londoner) and it has fast become my go-to cake!

I love how the actual cake part isn’t too overpowering, but then the strong, zesty icing is just the… icing on the cake… sorry.

This recipe is very simple. So simple in fact I already had all of the ingredients in my apartment and didn’t need to pop to the corner shop!

You will need…

For the cake:

170g self-raising flour

170g unsalted butter (preferably at room temperature, but pop it in the microwave for a few seconds if not soft enough)

170g caster sugar

3 large eggs (170g)

2 lemons (zest)

For the icing:

The juice of the 2 lemons you zested

110g icing sugar

The cake recipe is pretty simple, if you want to make the cake bigger, just increase the amount of ingredients you use, just make sure they all add up to the same number of grams.

To begin, grease a bread tin and pre-heat the oven to 180°C.

Cream together your butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add your beaten eggs. To this mixture add the self-raising flour and the grated lemon rind.

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Pop into the tin and place in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

Whilst this is in the oven you can be concocting the drizzle. At this point please make sure you sieve the icing sugar as once the lemon juice is added it is very difficult to remove any lumps!

Once your cake is baked, leave in the bread tin and pour your drizzle straight over the top. Sometimes I like to make holes in the cake so the drizzle can seep down into the body, making it lovely and moist (is it just me who detests that word…?).

At this point I like to put the cake (still in the bread tin) in the fridge for 20 minutes or so. This just speeds up the process of the icing going hard and the cake being able to be eaten… but it depends how long you can wait!

Otherwise just leave on the side until cooled.

And hey presto! You have a scrumptious cake!

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Just look at that frosty icing!

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When life gives you lemons, make lemon drizzle cake! 🍋🍰

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Keep your eyes open for some Halloween posts coming up soon! I am doing something VERY exciting on the 31st!

Bye bye for now!

Yummy Spelt Loaf

So since being back at university, I’ve made the decision to make my own bread! It tastes 10x better than shop bought loaves and doesn’t even cost that much more!

I’ve decided to use spelt flour as it has a range of benefits over wheat. It is packed with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and essential organic compounds that other cereals and forms of wheat don’t contain. It is known to lower cholesterol, increase circulation, control diabetes and boost your immune system. So the question you’ve really got to be asking yourself is, why would you NOT use spelt? (well the answer to that is if you’re a celiac. Unfortunately spelt flour still contains gluten!)

Lets kick things off.

Firstly, you need to grab your favourite apron and pull a cheesy pose…

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For this recipe you will need:

500g of spelt flour

1/2 tsp of salt

1tsp of quick yeast

1tbsp of clear honey

300ml of warm water

1 tbsp of oil

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In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt, quick yeast and honey.

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Once the hour is up turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it firmly for several minutes, really work those muscles!

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P1000451Once it has risen, bake in a preheated oven (200°C fan or 220°C normal) for 35/40 minutes. I usually stick a knife into the centre to make sure its not still doughy, if it comes out clean you know its baked through!

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Now it’s time to tuck in, cut your bread into slices, boil some eggs, slice some avocados and sprinkle some S&P. Yummy!

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An Apology & Instagram Catch Up

I know, I know, I’m a crap blogger. It been nearly a month now and I haven’t posted any new content. I’m sorry.

I do have an excuse though, I have just started back at university for my third and final year and to be perfectly honest, it’s fricking hard work!

I will know do my best to keep this little spot of the internet updated as much as I can!

Now, to get you caught up on what I’ve been up to the past few weeks I thought I’d share with you some pictures from my Instagram.

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1. This is a picture my dad took when we were on a bike ride in Spain. Technically a throwback, but I can’t help reminiscing on those care-free days which seem so long ago now!

2. I have been loving my home-made bread, topped with avocado, an egg and TONS of salt and pepper. Definitely my favourite lunch du jour.

3. I’ve recently been meeting up with a few friends since getting back to London. Last week I hit up The Breakfast Club (a must for brunch if you’re visiting!) with an old friend and I ordered the eggs royale. They looked too scrummy not to post!

4. A couple of weeks ago I made the decision to have half of my hair chopped off. As you can see in the first image, it was pretty long and ratty. I went to a salon called Oskar Pink in Mornington Crescent. I cannot recommend this place enough, they’re so friendly and chatty and pretty reasonably priced considering they’re in London! I went for a cut and dip-dye and my hair has never looked so healthy!

5. Next is another throwback of my brother and I. I’m not entirely sure what Halloween year this was but I just couldn’t resist posting when I found it – look at the sass on my brothers face!

6. Eek! These tickets speak for themselves! All I can say is bring on 15th October!

7. A cute picture of my little sisters and my shadow. Also back in August in Spain. She’s so tiny!

8. My grandma and I recently went to Buckingham Palace for the exhibition on the Royal Childhood. Super interesting (unfortunately it’s closed now) and you weren’t technically allowed to take photos – but I snuck this one of the Picture Gallery as I thought it looked so regal and beautiful.

9. As part of my Freshers Week we had a masked ball. I love the lace detailing of my mask and also loved the contrasting bright orange faux ponyskin clutch I wore!

10. Last but not least, I’ve decided to start making my own bread at university. I can never usually get through a whole loaf of Hovis so I thought if I made it myself I could make smaller loafs. It also tastes 10x better than any shop bought loaf! I’m actually making it with spelt flour instead of regular flour as I have heard it has some great health benefits – it also tastes better! Keep your eyes peeled for a blog post on how to make the scrummiest spelt loaf! 😉

If you’d like to follow me on Instagram and keep up to date with what I’m up to, my username is imogen_lovera

Bye for now!

What’s In My Bag?

Here’s a little insight into what I carry around with me on a daily basis in my brand spanking new backpack! This is the Longchamp Le Pilage. P1000388P1000383 The main items I have in here are: My Kindle – brilliant for when I’m travelling on the tube and need to make the journey go a little faster! Currently reading the first in the Millennium Trilogy, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. Purse – I showed this in my first ever post – the make is Ivanka Trump and I bought it for £20 in TK Maxx, it’s a beautiful colour and large enough to carry all of my crap! Ray Bans – I bought these at Gatwick and couple of months ago, so so beautiful. Mophie – this little guy is great – he gives my phone an extra 80% battery whenever I need it and I carry him anywhere I go! Keys – pretty obvious. I work at the rugby at Twickenham so the key ring is a little memento of that. The other Clinique key ring has a mirror on the other side so is great for touch ups. Travalo – stores some of your current perfume so you can carry on spritzing throughout the day! Mini Spray Deodorant – who doesn’t need this when you’re out all day? Contact Lens Solution – my contacts can leave my eyes feeling a bit dry and that in turn makes me tired so these droplets are great! Items not pictured: Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets – I have pretty oily skin so I use these to reduce the oiliness of my T-zone. Hairbands – obvious again! Spare contact lenses – in case I have a problem with the ones I’m wearing! Antibacterial gel – when you live in London these are a must with all the dirt and pollution the city emits! There we have it! A little insight into what I use everyday when I’m out and about!

Moving Back To University

It’s that time of the year again! Moving into my London apartment for the start of my third and final Fresher’s Week (& year)!

As I moved most of my clothes straight from old flat to new flat I only had a small amount to bring up from my family home.

I thought I’d show you some of the pieces I value as essentials for the year ahead!

So I started the gruelling task of packing but made sure I was in some comfy PJ’s and had some tea, good music/YouTube and some tasty Spanish salami to keep me fuelled!

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Lets kick things off with trousers. Jeans/loose trousers are probably my most worn item at Uni, I pair them with a comfy jumper and I’m pretty much set for the hard day ahead! I have a grey cheap pair from Primark, a pair of white roll-ups courtesy of my mother, some casual, slouchy bottoms from TK Maxx, these super loose + comfy jeans from Topshop, some printed loose trousers also from Primark and lastly some thick high-waisted leggings from Zara (probably the best and most comfy purchase of my life).

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Next up we have skirts and shorts. I love wearing things like this to go out. I have a multitude of dresses but I’ve recently been loving wearing shorts. This lacy pair are from Pull + Bear, and once I’d sorted out the dodgy zip, they’re so great to wear, they look brilliant with pretty much anything too! Another pair of light coloured shorts, these are from Zara and I haven’t worn them yet but I think they look good with the tan I’m sporting from Egypt! And then I’ve got the last pair of shorts from ASOS, these are such a statement piece but they’re so gorgeously comfortable! These were my summer obsession.

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Next onto skirts, as you can tell I love these bright orange colours… They’re both from Topshop, one is just a normal bodycon but the other is a loose, floaty number, which is great for meetings/interviews due to the length. Then I’ve got this black plain skirt – a staple really, this blue bodycon from Pull + Bear, another navy piece from American Apparel and then this midi skirt from Urban Outfitters, which I’m obsessed with but still haven’t had the right occasion to wear it!

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Now to show you SOME of my tops and jumpers. I’ve got this lightweight jumper from Hennys that I bought recently and have mentioned a couple of times, then I’ve packed this purple, loose, utterly scrumptious jumper from New Look. I actually bought this in a size 18 because I love the way it hangs off of your body but gives a little “shoulder action” as well. Next up a powder yellow (is that a thing?) jumper from the Zara sale. The material is a bit scratchy but I LOVEEE the colour! Then a Heisenberg jumper… I had to (ASOS).

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A couple of shirts are a necessity and I chose this grey silk one (mama again) and this checked one from New Look. I do have about 6 other checked shirts but they’re already living in my wardrobe at Uni. P1000305

P1000307Onto the tops, a gorgeous mint green floaty number from the Zara sale. Also haven’t worn this yet but it’s so pretty! And I think it looks good with the white roll-ups too! A white long sleeved piece and a black and white Breton long sleeved top, both from ASOS and soso comfy and necessary for Autumn/Winter. I’m currently loving this blue loose fit top from Topshop, it feels like really good material and I only paid £12! And then for some basic T’s, I have this khaki top (in red and black too).

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And then of course I thought I’d show you a couple of dresses. This first one is from Topshop and I only bought it recently, I’m loving stripes at the moment! Next this plain navy skater dress, so comfy and quite formal too I think so good for more “adult” events. This next one is a bit more casual, from ASOS and really cute, I love the contrast between the grey and the leather-look sleeves. Some more daytime dresses – this checked number is from ASOS Maternity and I had it taken up, I love the print soo much. Then another from ASOS, I saw The Londoner wearing this and had to grab it, so beautiful and it makes me feel like Pocahontas! Then lastly this funky print casual dress is from TK Maxx, which I bought for £14. I adore, its so comfortable and I’ve already worn it quite a few times!

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Lastly my two favourite coats that I will be sporting. The first is from Barbour and the second is a vintage Burberry from my Grandma. She also has a navy blue one, which I have my beady eyes on…

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Now moving onto shoes, White Company slippers (a must for lounging about the apartment), Birckenstocks (so comfy!), Converse, Park Lane moccasins (ASOS), Tobi pumps, black pointy toed slip-ons (New Look), and then a couple of pairs of heels, the black are from ASOS (in the sale now!) and the second pair are from French Collection. Utterly in love with the cobalt blue colour!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed having a peek into my wardrobe, trust me I have A LOT more clothes but maybe I’ll do a more in depth post in the future!

Over & Out!